Carl Willis is an anchor and reporter for Greater Washington, D.C.’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. A 2001 graduate of the Florida State University, Carl earned a Bachelor of Science in Media Studies. He worked for WFSU-TV covering the state legislature for the statewide program “Capitol Update” during his senior year.
During his time at FSU, Carl became a member of Garnet & Gold Key, the W.E.B. DuBois Honor society, the Student Senate, and the Iota Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Shortly after graduation, Carl accepted a position with the ABC affiliate in Amarillo, Texas. That would lead to roles at the ABC station in Orlando, the NBC station in Houston, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta, and ultimately his current position in the nation’s capital.
Having covered a wide range of historic moments from shuttle launches at Cape Canaveral, to the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Carl considers it an honor to bring these impactful moments to the community.
Carl credits his time at Florida State for giving him the foundation, the experience, and the guidance to jump head first into his dream of becoming a journalist.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Carl grew up in a family of Gator fans, but thankfully saw the light upon his first visit to Tallahassee. He fell in love with the campus and the sense of community, and he knew that would be his home.
Carl, his wife Rebecca, and son Carter currently live in Alexandria, Virginia.